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TACTICAL ANTENNAS DEVELOPMENT OF QUICK-REACTION ANTENNA SYSTEMS FOR TACTICAL USE
ARMY ELECTRONIC PROVING GROUND FORT HUACHUCA ARIZ
Tests were conducted to determine 1 the feasibility of employing telescoping masts and broadband, lightweight antenna arrays which would minimize antenna installation time for Radio Sets ANMRC-54, -69, and -73 all of which include basic Radio Set ANTRC-24 2 a suitable replacement for the presently used AB-238 G sectional type mast, and one mast-launcher and four telescoping masts were tested and evaluated these represented a sampling of 25- and 50-foot pneumatic and mechanically operated masts and 3 a suitable replacement for the presently used ANTRC-24 yagi and plane-reflector antenna arrays. It was concluded that a commercial telescopic masts lack durability, are subject to frequent failure, and therefore are not suitable for continuous field use b the mast-launcher type mast, when modified to correct deficiencies, will minimize ANTRC-24 antenna installation time and be applicable to heights up to 50 feet c the qick-erecable mast when modified to correct deficiencies will be particularly suitable for highly mobile, radio-relay sets in forward areas or where a 25-foot height is acceptable and d yagi, corner-reflector, and helical antennas offer no advantages over the present ANTRC-24 antennas. Author